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CATCHING UP WITH...MAYSA
The debut of "Catching Up With...", a new series here at SoulMusic.com and
in honour of her recent induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, we caught up with Maysa...

1. What was your reaction finding out that you had been inducted into the SoulMusic Hall Of Fame atSoulMusic.com by a much-deserved popular vote?

I got butterflies in my stomach! I’m so honored!!

2. What's been happening in 'Maysa-world' for the last few months?

I’ve been promoting Blue Velvet Soul, touring a little, sneaking in a few days where I do nothing but watch TV.

3. Your most recent CD, Blue Velvet Soul has done well. Is it your best-selling CD in recent years?

I think it’s doing well, but I know it has the capacity to be a huge seller if just given the chance!

4. You have been consistent as a recording artist for the past thirteen years, recording seven albums since 2000. That's quite a feat for any artist in the music industry these days! What has enabled you to maintain that consistency?

Well the fact that the record company keeps calling me back is a huge help, but it really is down to the people who constantly and consistently support my records. And also because I strive to give them all my best everytime.

5. How easy/challenging is it finding new material to write or select for each project?

Everytime I start a record I tell my friends I have no inspiration and then by the grace of God it comes out of nowhere!

6. If you took an overview of your career right now, how would you say it's going? :-)

I think my career is climbing to greater heights!! It’s snowballing!! I'm so excited!! It’s been 23 years!!


7. What are the particular challenges you face as a recording artist with an independent label?

Money



8. It looks like you have taken increasing creative control over your recordings. Has that been an easy journey for you?

It has been difficult in some ways but Shanachie has been really easy to deal with when it comes to not interfering with my creativity. They seem to trust me.

9. The kind of music you make is often described as a combination of smooth soul and jazz. While labels don't really work for music, how would you describe what you do?

I sing jazz funk soul music. But a few surprises are coming!!

10. We saw you in London a few months ago and as always, you put on a wonderful show. You seem to love performing! How do you feel about doing live shows?

It’s in my blood. I love my job.

11. You are known for the stellar work you have done over the years with Incognito. Are you planning to do more recordings or live performances with Bluey and the group?

I’m there whenever Bluey calls. Forever and ever.

12. You've mentioned being a single mother publicly. What are the challenges you face in having an active career in music while raising your son Jazz?

That I have to go to work and leave him home. If I hate anything in this world, it’s leaving my only child home. So I take him as much as possible :)

13. Whenever we meet, Maysa, there's a positive energy about you! How do you maintain your upbeat approach and strong spirit?

I believe from my faith in God and absolute love for people and wanting everyone to be happy.

14. 2014 is approaching: what do you want to accomplish in the next year?

I want to be working from the success of Blue Velvet Soul, begin production of my first Christmas album and hopefully take my first real vacation in my life ever!!

15. What's next for you career-wise?

I will start teaching in the next 5 years.


About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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